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Dissident Voice - 2020-01-22 - Original post - cached version

To the shock of many, the Buffalo News, Buffalo’s main newspaper, recently published an article exposing serious problems with charter schools. Like Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News usually goes out of its way to provide biased reporting on charter schools, almost always...

Dissident Voice - 2020-01-18 - Original post - cached version

Public facilities and infrastructure are produced by the working class and people and belong to the public. They exist in order to serve the common good and to contribute to the extended reproduction of society.

This collectively-produced wealth must not be handed over to competing owners...

Dissident Voice - 2020-01-18 - Original post - cached version

As the world stumbles from one crisis to another it is increasingly apparent that existing systems and institutions are incapable of responding to the challenges of the time and the growing demands of the people. Creative ways of thinking free from ideology are needed, allowing for a revolution...

Kafila - 2020-01-14 - Original post - cached version

WOMEN OF SABARMATI WRITE: The outpouring of solidarity and generosity on the JNU campus, since the attack of 5th January 2020 has been overwhelming. Hostels have organised guerilla dhabas at Sabarmati. They have sung revolutionary songs while making pans of maggi and distributing jhal muri and...

Dissident Voice - 2020-01-13 - Original post - cached version

A controversial Indian mining company whose operations threaten lands, forests and sacred sites vital to thousands of tribal families has opened a residential school for tribal children in Odisha, India in an effort to “transform” them.

Adani, a $13billion corporation, is embroiled in...

Dissident Voice - 2020-01-06 - Original post - cached version

Democratic presidential candidates, such as Elizabeth Warren, have pledged to fix the American education system by replacing privatized charter schools with “community schools” that incorporate “socioemotional-learning (SEL)” programs. These “Democratic” community schools, which teach “social...

Dissident Voice - 2020-01-03 - Original post - cached version

At age 11, Saabir Gulmadin began chopping wood to support his family. Now 18, he earns about $1.50 US (120 Afghanis) for every 56 kg of wood he splits. It takes him 2 to 3 hours.

“Is the work hard on your body?” I ask.

“Ohhh, yes,” he says, without hesitation.

“Where does it...

Dissident Voice - 2019-12-31 - Original post - cached version

There is no shortage of convoluted and bizarre “arguments” for creating and multiplying privately-operated non-profit and for-profit charter schools.

The rich and their conscious and anti-conscious allies in politics, the media, think tanks, higher education, and many other spheres have...

Strategic Culture - 2019-12-26 - Original post - cached version

A great poet once said that you can judge a nation by how it honors (or fails to honor) its artists. In many ways, the soul of a nation is entirely shaped by the artists which that society has produced. This makes perfectly good sense, as an artist is able to portray the better ideals which that...

Kafila - 2019-12-23 - Original post - cached version

As Jamia Teachers Association calls for a candelight vigil at India Gate TODAY at 5 pm (December 23, 2019), we are publishing an earlier Facebook post by FAIZ ULLAH on Jamia written soon after the police violence at the university during the anti-CAA protests there. Dayaar-e-shauq mera is the...

Counter Currents - 2019-12-22 - Original post - cached version

The recent news of the primary school of Bhulia village under Bhawanipatna Block in Kalahandi District of Odisha has raised the concern of many as the children of this schools are being taught beneath a tree from the last three years. The classroom is one of the most important factors affecting...

Dissident Voice - 2019-12-22 - Original post - cached version

Transparency and accountability have never been the strong suits of non-profit and for-profit charter schools.

Unlike the nation’s public schools, all charter schools (about 7,100) are run by unelected individuals, and many, if not most, charter schools regularly violate open-meeting laws...

Kafila - 2019-12-18 - Original post - cached version

The following is a statement from the alumni of NLU Jodhpur, in solidarity with the students at the receving end of police brutalities in Delhi, Aligarh, Assam and other universities. We, the undersigned alumni of National Law University, Jodhpur unequivocally condemn the police excesses in...

Dissident Voice - 2019-12-16 - Original post - cached version

Charter school promoters are skilled at promoting disinformation about charter schools and public schools; they have decades of experience.

One of the most worn-out forms of disinformation deployed repeatedly by charter school promoters is to pressure people into thinking that the problem...

Dissident Voice - 2019-12-12 - Original post - cached version

It was a scandal of the highest caliber. On November 23, the Senate of the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa was practically bullied to reverse an earlier decision that called for the academic boycott of Israel. While the story may seem relevant in South Africa’s political and...

Kafila - 2019-12-11 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by PARESH HATE It has been more than a month that students in JNU have been protesting against the new IHA Hostel Manual. The fight had initially begun against the exorbitant fee hikes, introduction of curfew timings and dress codes, lack of reservations and deprivation points in the...

Dissident Voice - 2019-12-04 - Original post - cached version

The word was the ember and the forest was my life.
― Jimmy Santiago Baca, “Coming into Language,” March 3, 2014

We’re at the Flip ‘n Chicken sharing food, swapping stories about El Paso, and philosophizing about what it means to be an educator in the Early...

Dissident Voice - 2019-11-30 - Original post - cached version

Despite the vehement objections of thousands of teachers, parents, college professors, public school advocates, state officials, and teachers’ unions, in late 2017 the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustee’s charter school committee voted 4 to 1 to unilaterally and illegally lower...

Dissident Voice - 2019-11-27 - Original post - cached version

After nearly 30 years of hype surrounding charter schools, a large number of charter schools across the country continue to perform poorly. This is especially disturbing given the fact that non-profit and for-profit charter schools routinely cherry-pick their students, have high teacher turnover...

Kafila - 2019-11-24 - Original post - cached version

We the undersigned, are alumni of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. We are appalled at the complete lack of sensitivity shown by the JNU administration and concerned government officials to the issues raised by the students on the recent proposal of irrational 999% hike in their fee...

Dissident Voice - 2019-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Workers produce all the wealth of society. Unions have been around for generations and exist to protect the rights of workers.

Currently, 90%—93% of privately operated non-profit and for-profit charter schools across the country have no teacher unions, whereas about 90% of public school...

Dissident Voice - 2019-11-09 - Original post - cached version

There seems to be no limit to Qataris tossing around their wealth. This tiny kingdom with 2.6 million inhabitants is full of ridiculously lavish gold-plated palaces, most of them built with terrible taste. It is overflowing with Lamborghini racing cars and Rolls Royce limousines, and now, even...

Dissident Voice - 2019-11-07 - Original post - cached version

Ask students to read for more than a couple of sentences and many will protest that they can’t do it. The most frequent complaint that teachers hear that it’s boring. It is not so much the content of the written material that is at issues here; it is the act of reading itself that is...

Dissident Voice - 2019-11-06 - Original post - cached version

New information breakthroughs for me are exhilarating. Working with all that whale data is like looking into the dark with a flashlight. It’s work that is able to contribute new information to the field.

— OSU Whale Researcher, Daniel Palacios

Whaling’s...

Dissident Voice - 2019-11-06 - Original post - cached version


Justas picked me up at the train station. We rode in an elder Tvind car to the campus where I would live for eight days preparing for this series. I hoped this would be a positive story for me—being with people who actually embody the vision of liberation, and fight with the oppressed,...

Dissident Voice - 2019-11-05 - Original post - cached version

This series of teacher-student stories, interspersed with journalistic materials and writing, is aimed  at showing how thousands of mainly white Europeans and Americans from both continents together with millions of Africans and peoples from India struggle to eradicate, or greatly reduce,...

Donna Laframboise - 2019-11-04 - Original post - cached version

Scientific research, published in influential places, can change the world. For ill as well as for good.

Strategic Culture - 2019-11-02 - Original post - cached version

The expanding cultural authority of the armed forces is a problem for U.S. democracy, writes William J. Astore.

William J. ASTORE

When Americans think of militarism, they may imagine jackbooted soldiers goose-stepping through the streets as flag-waving crowds exult; or, like our...

Dissident Voice - 2019-11-01 - Original post - cached version

Promoters of privately-operated charter schools that intensify segregation and siphon money from public schools idolize the law of the jungle where the “strongest survive.”

This backward view assumes that everyone is nothing more than a consumer and that education is mainly a commodity....

Donna Laframboise - 2019-10-30 - Original post - cached version

Refuse to talk to the reporter. Afterward, accuse her of 'multiple factual inaccuracies.' Isn't academia grand?

Kafila - 2019-10-28 - Original post - cached version

Home Minister Amit Shah, while inaugurating a two-day seminar at Banaras Hindu University, emphasised that Indian historians should “rewrite history from an Indian perspective”. There is one thing unique about the present dispensation holding reins of power at the Centre. What one witnesses that...

Dissident Voice - 2019-10-26 - Original post - cached version

On Monday, October 21, 2019, democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren issued her plan for K-12 public education.

In it, she outlines her opposition to charter schools. A brief excerpt from a section of the plan titled, Combating the Privatization and Corruption of Our Public...

Dissident Voice - 2019-10-21 - Original post - cached version

Charter school promoters embraced irrationalism long ago. Their reckless antisocial agenda requires them to do so because what they are promoting has no legitimate basis; it is not consistent with modern requirements.

“Leaders” in the charter school sector have long spoken and acted like...

Donna Laframboise - 2019-10-21 - Original post - cached version

The University of Victoria receives hundreds of millions of tax dollars, yet refused to answer a single question about the firing of Susan Crockford.

Dissident Voice - 2019-10-18 - Original post - cached version

On both sides of the political aisle, workforce-training reforms are being touted as the be-all, end-all of America’s public education system. Right-wing “school choice” proponents, such as President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, push corporate charter school programs with...

Strategic Culture - 2019-10-17 - Original post - cached version

Walter E. WILLIAMS

If you need an accurate update on some of the madness at the nation’s institutions of higher learning, check out Minding the Campus, a nonprofit independent organization. John Leo, its editor in chief, says that the organization’s prime mission is dedicated to the...

Donna Laframboise - 2019-10-16 - Original post - cached version

Polar bear expert purged from the University of Victoria.

Dissident Voice - 2019-10-13 - Original post - cached version

On October 10, 2019, U.S. Secretary of Education, billionaire Betsy DeVos, unveiled an antisocial plan to further incentivize the rich to establish more charter schools to line their pockets at the expense of young people. DeVos has actively promoted school privatization schemes for decades; she...

Dissident Voice - 2019-10-12 - Original post - cached version

“You can’t hammer a nail over the Internet.”

— Michael Crawford, writer

One might think a profile of a former Oceanlake school, Taft elementary youth and a teen who dropped out of Taft High School (Lincoln City, Oregon) who now, 21 years later, works hard as a carpenter might not...

Dissident Voice - 2019-10-04 - Original post - cached version

There is no shortage of articles, books, reports, blogs, and websites that continually detail the perpetually scandalous and troubled nature of charter schools. Not a day goes by without a report on some sort of infamy, fraud, mismanagement, corruption, or failure in the unaccountable charter...

Dissident Voice - 2019-09-30 - Original post - cached version

Nearly 10 county school boards in Florida recently took collective action to pursue a case against privately-operated-owned charter schools in the Florida Supreme Court.

These public school systems that serve tens of thousands of students oppose the dreaded HB 7069 legislation, which the...

Dissident Voice - 2019-09-27 - Original post - cached version

One of the main claims to fame of privately-operated non-profit and for-profit charter schools is that they will deliver bigger and better results than public schools in exchange for greater flexibility and autonomy to operate than public schools.

Two recent reports, however, build on...

Corbett Report - 2019-09-27 - Original post - cached version


This week on the New World Next Week: Australian private schools ditch fondleslabs for textbooks; the GM environmental crisis spreads as the MSM hypes the fake climate scare; and the MSM pimps a limited Turkish hangout over ISIS.

Corbett Report - 2019-09-26 - Original post - cached version

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2019-09-26%20James%20Evan%20Pilato.mp3"][/audio] This week on the New World Next Week: Australian private schools ditch fondleslabs for textbooks; the GM environmental crisis spreads as the MSM hypes the fake climate scare; and the MSM pimps a...
Kafila - 2019-09-24 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by SASHEEJ HEGDE A thought is a tremendous form of excitement. [Alfred N. Whitehead] We are concerned with the imagination, and the vaguely functionalist remarks we noticed before are not the sketch of an explanation, but an aid to the imagination, to make a different practice a more...

Dissident Voice - 2019-09-20 - Original post - cached version

Steadily mounting opposition to privately-operated nonprofit and for-profit charter schools is inevitable and becoming a bigger thorn in the side of nervous neoliberals, privatizers, and corporate school reformers.

Terrified of discussion, investigation, and analysis, and hell-bent on...

Kafila - 2019-09-17 - Original post - cached version

Periyar : Image – Courtesy velivada.com क्या अभिव्यक्ति की स्वतंत्रता का अधिकार महज आस्थावानों के लिए ही लागू होता है ? कभी कभी साधारण से प्रश्न का उत्तर पाने के लिए भी अदालती हस्तक्षेप की जरूरत पड़ती है। मद्रास उच्च न्यायालय की – न्यायमूर्ति एस मनिकुमार और सुब्रहमण्यम प्रसाद की – द्विसदस्यीय...

Donna Laframboise - 2019-09-16 - Original post - cached version

Many of the talks being provided to the community are one-sided, activist, and controversial.

Kafila - 2019-09-16 - Original post - cached version

The following is a statement issues by teachers and academics in support of Dr Hany Babu, whose residence was raided early morning non 10 September by Pune Police We, teachers and members of the academic community from across universities, are shocked to know of the illegal raid at the residence...

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